Category: Food

The Little Paris Kitchen – An Amazing Discovery

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Yesterday I was browsing through the channels and I stumbled across The Little Paris Kitchen: Cooking with Rachel Khoo. I thought she was amazing! I’ve only seen one episode, but I loved how she isn’t like the normal chefs you see on TV who make their cooking look perfect and they never make mistakes, but she just comes across as a food lover who loves to cook, even if sometimes things boil up or garlic cloves go flying.

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After watching her show I  had to look up how to make the salted caramel lava cake she made, but I couldn’t find the recipe on the BBC website, so I had to buy her book, The Little Paris Kitchen: Classic French recipes with a fresh and fun approach. Hopefully I’ll be able to share a few of the recipes I try out. If they actually come out well!

 

Here’s Rachel Khoo making the Moelleux Au Chocolat (Chocolate Lava Cake) –

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Health Tonics, Edible not Credible

Another article I wrote for WUWO magazine – 

There have always been different types of health remedies, be it medicinal or herbal. There’s always a new craze going round that everyone must try. Drinking vinegar cures hiccups, eating faeces cures cancer (yes, that was actually in a newspaper), but what about baby mice wine?

Drinks containing animals are fairly commonplace, such as the tequila worm (fact: not actually suspended in tequila, but in distilled alcohol called Mescal), which has to be eaten to ‘build your strength.’ If you’re raised around food such as fried seahorse, bats on a stick, scorpions on a stick and fertilised eggs, I’m sure you’ll be more than willing to try anything.

However, in the UK we see anything that isn’t ‘normal’ as taboo. Baby mice wine is said to be a traditional Chinese and Korean health tonic and allegedly cures any health issue, from asthma to liver disease. So, for those of you who love a health tonic, baby mice wine could be for you. Some say the wine is used as a last resort, but if it cures anything up to liver disease, why wait? Made by taking two to three day old mice and placing them in a bottle of rice wine, the mice are then left in the liquid for over a year to ferment and then, voilà! Your wine is served.

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It’s said to taste like “road kill mixed with gasoline,” and the mice must be consumed with the wine in order for the tonic to take full effect. It doesn’t end there though as seagulls, snakes, geckos and other assorted lizards are being put into rice wine to make medicinal tonics. Tonics like these have been made for centuries such as ant tonics. This has been proven to be powerfully anti-inflammatory and useful as a pain killer, plus they allegedly increase life expectancy!

Some Chinese citizens of Guangzhou even eat tiger penis to boost sexual performance and stamina. Is it horrendously cruel or the next best thing since penicillin? And does the mouse wine really cure illnesses like the ant tonic, or are you just too drunk to care?

Dinner Date for a Fiver

This is an article I wrote for What’s Up What’s On Magazine for November/December –

Winter Wonderland

While ice-skating may be out of your price (and physical) range, a good hour wandering around the stalls and
enjoying a mug of mulled everything won’t set you back too much. If you share a mug.
Hyde Park, 23 November-6 January ………………………………………………..free entry

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chili con carne-saidaonline (1)It’s Christmas and if you’ve blown all your cash buying misguided accessories, ornaments and trinkets for loved ones, don’t let the person you really fancy miss out too. Also, because it’s so cold, you can always sack everything off and have a bash at WUWO’s ultimate chilli-con-carne at home while you both fervently embrace the radiator/electric heater. As nothing says, “traditional British Christmas” like a warm spicy dish from Mexico – guaranteed you’ll be fed up of roasts by the 25th, so thank us.

Asda Butchers Selection Mince Beef………………………………………………….£1.40

Asda Chilli con Carne mix………………………………………………………………..£0.26
Asda Smart Price Kidney Beans ………………………………………………………£0.27
Asda Smart Price Chopped Tomatoes……………………………………………….£0.31
Uncle Ben’s Basmati Rice Express Rice or Asda Basmati Rice ………..£1
TOTAL ………………………………………………………………………………….. £3.24

1. Brown your mince in a pan, no need to add oil.
2. Once the meat is browned, pour the Chilli con Carne mix over the meat and stir it in. Then pour in around
250ml of water, read the instructions on the packet as it may vary.
3. Drain your kidney beans and add those to the pan with the chopped tomatoes, straight from the can.
4. Leave the pan to simmer and start on your rice. Depending on which rice you have chosen, if you have Uncle
Ben’s express rice all you need to do is pop it in the microwave and it should be done within 2 minutes depending
on the wattage of your microwave. If you chose Asda basmati rice, fill a pan with cold water, rinse your rice and
pop it in, wait until the water boils and then simmer for 10-12 minutes.
5. Drain and serve!

Delicious Italian Food in Greater London

Last Friday I graduated from University! Finally have to enter the real world…but the point of this post is the graduation meal I had.

Vinoteca Italiana is a local Italian restaurant to me, it’s quite new which is why we thought we’d check it out, and I am so glad that we did! The food was AMAZING. I couldn’t believe how good it was to be honest. For my starter I had scallops and they were the nicest, most delicious scallops I have ever had. Even the mussels my dad had were delicious, and I rarely ever eat them. My main was basically lobster ravioli, and it was fantastic. Plus, they don’t overdo the portions which is always a bonus. They actually give you enough food to fill you up and don’t overindulge you.

But the best thing about this meal was what I had for dessert. Well, I say dessert…it was a drink. But it was incredible. Sorbet, vodka and Limoncello, something you’d never think about mixing together, but it was the most perfect drink I have tasted. Served in a tall martini glass, it was smooth, delicious, lemony and alcoholic. Perfection in a glass. No lie.